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RC teachers bring issues to board members

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ROGERS CITY — Teachers brought concerns about Health Savings Account payments, delinquent supply bills and other issues to the Rogers City Area Schools Executive Committee special meeting Wednesday. Teachers with the district talked about their issues with board President Ivy Cook, Vice ...

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Proud moment

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Pied Piper Principal Scott Reynolds, left, teacher Sue Srebnik, third from left, and teacher Janis Sahr, right, celebrate Pied Piper Students of the Week with left to right, Cole Bledsoe, Ricky Mitten and Simon Trupiano who were selected for being successful, ...

Twp. continues to work through budget process

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ALPENA — Work continued on the 2017-18 Alpena Township budget during a workshop Wednesday with the board of trustees reviewing the Department of Public Works budget. The township now has conducted three workshops solely to work on the upcoming year’s budget. So far the township has ...

Atlanta again votes not to renew super’s contract

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ATLANTA — After another vote, the Atlanta Community Schools Board of Education voted to not renew the district’s superintendent employment contract during Monday’s meeting. In November the outgoing board voted not to renew the contract of Superintendent Don Haskin by a 4-2 margin. ...

Count data: Migrating birds returning earlier

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HARRISVILLE — Many migratory bird species are returning to northern Michigan early this year, according to information gathered during the annual Great Backyard Bird Count conducted last week. The annual count has bird watching enthusiasts counting birds in their area for a period of ...

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Emergency training

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Michigan Department of Transportation Maintenance Coordinator Eric Precord, right, and Gaylord Transportation Service Center engineer Jason Bodell set up a tabletop exercise at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena during a special training Wednesday. ...

Engineering phase begins for road commission wash barn

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LINCOLN — A surveyor began work on trying to find a location for the Alcona County Road Commission’s new vehicle wash barn, according to Managing Director Jesse Campbell. Campbell told members of the road commission Wednesday that architect Tony Esson of Gaylord is partnering with ...

Montmorency board doesn’t pay drain commissioner bill

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ATLANTA — An invoice for drain commissioner salary went to a vote during the Montmorency County Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday, with commissioners unanimously voting not to appropriate the funds. The ongoing issue between the board of commissioners and the Montmorency County ...

Rogers City delays purchasing street light replacement

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ROGERS CITY — The purchase of a new street lamp was delayed by the City of Rogers City Council during its meeting Tuesday. “We have a decorative street lamp that was hit by the vehicle because it was in such a prominent location we moved one from here to Westminster Church there,” ...

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Up, up and away

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Kenan Knight, 10, throws a kite into the air at Bay View Park Tuesday in Alpena. Knight was there with his dad Ryan, brother, Aric, 7, and dog Elvis to enjoy the sunshine.

Priest charged with sexual assault

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ROGERS CITY — A priest with St. Ignatius Catholic Church has been charged on two counts of criminal sexual conduct. Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, 46, has been charged with a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with personal injury, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct force or ...

Park improvements on Alpena’s radar

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ALPENA — The parks and beaches in Alpena are some of the most used public spaces in the city and officials are always looking for ways to improve them. They also explore ways to utilize ones that are underutilized. During City Manager Greg Sundin’s State of the City Address Monday he ...

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Alpena Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Lesslee Dort works on the new DDA budget Tuesday. The DDA announced Monday that Dort has resigned effective March 10 to accept a job with Friends Together.

Dort to leave DDA and join Friends Together

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ALPENA — There is a much different look and vibe in downtown Alpena than there was five years ago. In the coming years there are sure to be more changes that will enhance it as well, but there will be a different face leading the Alpena Downtown Development Authority. The improvements ...

Rogers City council discuss new ball field

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ROGERS CITY — There may be a new place for children to play baseball this year. Russ Martin, a representative with the Rogers City Little League, presented to the City of Rogers City Council about the creation of another Little League field. “We have gained two more leagues. We now ...

Hillman still trying to figure out airport tree removal

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HILLMAN — Issues at the Hillman Regional Airport, including the runway and tree removal, were tabled for the time being during Tuesday’s Hillman Village Council meeting. For several months now the council has been discussing how to remove trees from both the north and south side of ...

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Alcona Community Schools Superintendent Shawn Thornton is retiring March 1 after 15 years as the district’s superintendent. Thornton was a graduate of Alcona High School and returned to finish out her career in education after working a variety of administration jobs in different districts around Michigan, she said.

Thornton comes full circle at Alcona

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LINCOLN — When retiring Alcona Community Schools Superintendent Shawn Thornton took a job as principal at Alcona Elementary in the late 1990s, it was not her first time in the district. Years before becoming employed by the school district she graduated from Alcona High School before ...

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Prell’s Service owner Ron Prell, right, discusses a Thunder Bay Transportation Authority bus repair Tuesday with Maintenance Supervisor Larry Corum. Prell, who has been a third party contractor for city transportation since the 1970s, is scaling back business after the TBTA’s decision to no longer go with a third party operator.

Prell’s city transportation career spans more than 40 years

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By JASON OGDEN News Staff Writer ALPENA — Since the early 1970s, Ron Prell has been working with local governmental agencies as a third party contractor through Prell’s Service to provide transportation to the community. It started with just a handful of buses, but after the ...

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Olden days

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Students at Ella White Elementary celebrated their 100th day of school on Monday. The students dressed like they were 100 years old and participated in activities involving the number 100. The activities included bringing a 100 day breakfast, exercising for 100 ...

RC priest accused of sexual assault

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Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, 44, a priest at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Rogers City was arrested and jailed over the weekend. He is accused of sexual assault. He will be arraigned today. Bishop Steven Raica of the Diocese of Gaylord took questions from parishioners on Sunday. He told ...

Habitat for Humanity to construct 3 homes in 2017

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HARRISVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan intends to build three homes in the region as part of its construction plans for 2017, according to Executive Director Ted Fines. Two of the homes will be built in Harrisville and the third will be constructed in Alpena, he ...